Walter Eeckhaut, a veteran of the Belgian police force who has a problem with authority, is dispatched to Amsterdam to aid the Dutch security service in investigating the activities of a well-connected Russian oligarch, with ties to Putin. Some of the Russian's business is legitimate, but some may well not be. In Amsterdam, Eeckhaut is seconded to Chief Superintendent Alexandra Dewaal and her team, and begins to learn about the city's shady underside.
He is at once pulled into another case, the murder of a young leftist dissident, alleged to have stolen a sensitive list from the Amsterdam offices of a right-ring political party—a list with the names of secret donors. The hunt for the killer leads to a knot of black money interests and illegal dealings that pit the Russian mob and Dutch politicians and business leaders against the police and anyone else who tries to get in their way.
Absinthe is the gripping first installment in the bestselling Amsterdam trilogy featuring Eeckhaut and Dewaal and, for North American readers, a new voice in European noir.
AuthorBy Guido Eeckhaut
Published7 August 2018
Dimensions6.00 x 9.00in.
About the author
Guido Eeckhaut has won the Hercule Poirot Award and has been shortlisted twice for the Golden Noose Award for his crime fiction. A former journalist and innovation coordinator for a large international bank, he is a prolific writer and futurist, with more than forty books to his credit. His works have been published in eight languages. He now divides his time mostly between Belgium and Spain.
"Intelligent and exciting."—Crime Zone
"Eeckhaut presents us with lifelike characters, not heroes in the hardboiled tradition, but human detectives plagued by doubt."—Knack magazine